Twists of Freedom: The Protests and the Vicissitudes of Individual Freedom in Post-Welfare Times Cover Image
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Огъване на свободата: протестите и перипетиите на индивидуалната свобода след свиването на социалната държава
Twists of Freedom: The Protests and the Vicissitudes of Individual Freedom in Post-Welfare Times

Author(s): Milena Iakimova
Subject(s): Civil Society, Sociology, Social Theory, Present Times (2010 - today), Sociology of Politics
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: protests; social critique; psychologization of inequality; corporate loyalty

Summary/Abstract: The paper briefl y compares protests in Bulgaria in the early 1990s and in the post-EU accession period stating that they signifi cantly differ in their affi nity for and representations of sovereignty and democracy. While the former pleaded for democratization without challenging the nation-state frame of sovereignty, the latter raised urgently the question of reframing. Paradoxically, the vocabulary of this challenge is the critique of alienation turned into a structure of corporate subjection. This sheds some light on the ‘negativity’ of contemporary protests, their aspiration to devalue power and to oppose democracy to politics, and, in short, their ambivalence.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 45
  • Page Range: 263-272
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Bulgarian